Egg-cellent support for Countess at Easter
Every Easter staff at the hospital are left stunned by the generosity of our local community as hundreds of chocolate Eggs arrive for patients stuck in hospital over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Most of them are handed directly to the Children’s Ward, but eggs donated via the Countess Charity have also gone out to other areas of the hospital.
Hospital Play Specialist Lyn Goold said: “It’s amazing to see how much joy the Easter eggs bring to our patients on the Children’s Ward. Coming to hospital can be especially scary for them, but being able to give everyone who comes through the department a little treat at Easter it just makes it that bit easier.”
Chester Scooter Club Easter Egg Run
The Chester Scooter Club held their 15th annual Easter Egg Run on 25 March, donating hundreds of eggs to the Children’s Ward.
Around 120 riders set off from the Grosvenor Arms to the Countess and Gordon Quinn, who runs the pub with his partner Debra Millar, praised them for the event.
Gordon told the Chester Standard: “It was a fantastic turn out. There were so many eggs, literally hundreds of them. People were very generous with their donations – it was fantastic.”
Bernard John Griffiths member of the scooter club, who has ridden in every Easter Egg run, explained that the annual Easter Egg Run is supported by the North Wales and Border Alliance scooter clubs which allows them to turn out in greater numbers.
“You do get a buzz from being part of a group with such high numbers because people come out to support us,” he said. “But the main thing is just doing something nice for the children in the hospital and knowing we are giving them something to smile about.”
Gym goers donate 120 eggs
Queensferry gym goers donated 120 Easter Eggs, having been collecting the seasonal treats for just four weeks.
Members and staff at Immerse Fitness decided to give children stuck in hospital a little boost this Easter after Group Fitness Manager Katy Black’s experience with her own son in hospital at Easter.
“It was really overwhelming I didn’t realise it would get so many,” Katy said. “My son was in hospital one Easter and he got an egg and it made such a difference to him so I wanted to do the same for the other children stuck in hospital at Easter this year. I can only say thank you to all the members and everyone else who got involved.”
She added: “I’ve already heard from a friend whose child has been in hospital and they received an egg and it made their day so it’s great to hear that as well.”
Countess Charity Easter egg rounds
A number of other local businesses also worked with the Countess Charity to donate Easter Eggs for patients and visitors in the hospital, not only on the Children’s Ward but in all areas.
Thank you to Chester FC, Sykes Cottages, MBNA and Toby Carvery for your generous Easter Egg donations.
Pets as Therapy
Elizabeth and Martin from Pets as Therapy also stopped by the hospital over Easter, delivering Easter eggs to the Stroke Unit, the Emergency Department and Coronary Care as well as wards 42, 43, 50 and 51.
It was extra special to welcome Ika and Dee Dee on this occasion because Ika had been unwell for a while meaning they were unable to visit.
Marks and Spencer supplied half of the eggs donated, with Elizabeth and Martin bringing the rest.